Emotion vs. Reason

Critter News

There's always a dilemma in debating any issue as to whether one should rely on emotion or reason to advance one's argument. Many people say that PETA relies too heavily on emotion to argue its position. Others say that emotion is the only way to move humans to care about anything other than themselves. I can pack an emotional punch as well.

The Emotional Lives of Animals

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Dogs are able to detect diseases such as cancer and diabetes and warn humans of impending heart attacks and strokes. Many animals also display wide-ranging emotions, including joy, happiness, empathy, compassion, grief, and even resentment and embarrassment.

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Getting Emotional

Creature Talk

Sometimes being an animal rights advocate is emotionally exhausting. What immediately hit me after getting so emotional about this is how nature is kind in comparison to the horrible cruelties humans impose on non-human animals, especially “food&# animals. I mean, how can a human being be so incredibly heartless? Today is one of those days. Last night I was watching Animal Planet, as I often do, and the show was about polar bears in the wild.

On Letting Your Emotions Rule the Day

Animal Person

However, many of our concerns about modern food production stem from purely emotional concerns, in which we try to overlay our social mores onto sectors where they traditionally haven’t been applied. But his real agenda comes out later in the graph: "However it is imperative that we allow the most up-to-date scientific data on animal agriculture practices to drive the policy decisions we make, and extract emotion from the equation as much as possible.

Hero Dog Tries To Help Wounded Dog

Creature Talk

It is a great example of how loving and selfless non-human animals can be. The whole idea that so many people hold that says somehow humans have a monopoly on emotions kind of gets tossed out the window when you see something like this. This video just melts my heart. We could all learn a little something from this Hero Dog! more about “ Hero Dog Tries To Help Wounded Dog - … “, posted with vodpod.

Deadline Approaching for Animal Essays

Animal Person

" Creative Nonfiction is seeking essays about the bonds--emotional, ethical, biological, physical, or otherwise--between humans and animals. We're looking for stories from a variety of viewpoints. For the past 16 years, Creative Nonfiction has devoted itself to publishing vividly-written literary nonfiction on a variety of topics. The postmark deadline is April 2, 2010." Submission guidelines are here : PASS IT ON.

How Pets Can Improve Your Health

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Expert cites scientifically-proven therapeutic, physical and emotional health benefits of loving and caring for a pet. For children, pets provide many emotional and physical benefits, including: Children who grow up with pets not only have less risk of allergies and asthma.

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On Cannibalism

Animal Person

When we left off , the New York Times' Roger Cohen had eaten dog while in China, and wasn't thrilled about it emotionally. It's a bit difficult to take on the soul question for human or nonhuman animals, particularly for an atheist. But the other issues--sentience, suffering, being part of the "mysterious unity of life"--Cohen's own criteria for lumping anyone into one category, are all equally true for humans.

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Diabetes and Vetsulin Recap

Animal Person

As you may know, Vetsulin has been discontinued and diabetic animals are being transitioned to Humulin N (or a similar human insulin appropriate for dogs and some cats) or Lantus/glargine (for cats). " The following factors affect blood glucose: emotions, exercise, food and insulin.

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Roger Cohen Realizes Dogs=Pigs, Sort Of

Animal Person

But as Cohen experiences, humans don't live "in theory." The theory that the mind finds inescapably well-formulated is often overwhelmed and overturned by human emotions. However, remember that he understands that emotion ("the heart") is what ultimately governs what most of us do, and certainly what he does, so he won't be eating any more dogs. " Dog Days in China " is a small piece with no gruesome slideshow.

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Meditation on the Cheap

Animal Person

You can learn yoga, Pilates and meditation , and after having meditated for nearly two decades I can say that, for instance, the " Meditation on Emotions " is a perfect introduction to meditation and is actually very much like what I do at least a couple of times a week. We vegans have a lot of feelings associated with why we do what we do and I, for one, find it necessary to do a lot of work around my emotions.

On Altruism and Compassion in Economic Systems

Animal Person

Here's a quote from the homepage of the conference's site, CompassionEconomics.org : "The ongoing global financial crisis shows clearly just how vulnerable economic systems are to human behavior, particularly to corruption and greed. But can we really imagine an economic system that delivers prosperity and welfare, or is competition an unavoidable consequence of the human race?

On Helping Individuals and Utilitarianism

Animal Person

Of course, I have an emotional attachment to that one individual, Violet Rays. And you wouldn't fund a program that was very expensive per unit (human or nonhuman animal) yet you often don't think about that when you're dealing with an individual. I'm not a utilitarian.

Animal Stories Wanted

Animal Person

U PCOMING THEME: Animals For an upcoming issue, we're seeking new essays about the bonds--emotional, ethical, biological, physical, or otherwise--between humans and animals. Now's your (/my) chance! In my inbox yesterday evening was the following from the Associate Editor of Creative Nonfiction . We're looking for stories that illustrate ways animals (wild and/or domestic) affect, enrich, or otherwise have an impact on our daily lives.

On Timelines

Animal Person

I think this an important comment as it pits theory against practice, words against actions, and highlights the reality that humans can very well know something is wrong--or even not good for their own health--and do it anyway (and to remove the health debate with animal-eating, think smoking, or excess alcohol drinking, or some other action that's bad for you and you might proceed with nevertheless).

On "Wild Justice"

Animal Person

" Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals ," By Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce, is the most recent (for me) book that debunks myths about the differences between human and nonhuman animals. The scientific investigation of morality, in humans and nonhumans alike, is in its infancy" (39).

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Unlikely Healer Walks on Three Paws

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Cathy discovered that speaking through Henry, in his voice, gave her a freedom of expression she did not have in her standard therapeutic role, and Henry’s voice became the easiest way to reach and teach humans. Emotional bandage,” which conveys some of his lessons.

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Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

Animal Person

For Engber, who dispassionately describes procedures most of the time, the "advances" in the medical care of humans are all well worth what he and other vivisectionists do to dogs and other sentient nonhumans. By the end of my time as researcher, I was performing behavioral experiments on humans. I'm sure we could do a much better job of ensuring the humane treatment of our laboratory animals--but at this point it's very difficult even to start the discussion.

On Coping Mechanisms

Animal Person

Yesterday , Abby wrote: Off topic, but I was wondering if you have any advice for those of us who are highly emotionally sensitive and also interested in animal welfare issues? Abby, I too get very upset by stories and images of what occurs every second of every day to nonhumans and humans alike. The purpose of my life is to be the best human being I can be and to leave this planet knowing I did what I could to make it a better place.

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Nothing Funny About Cat Cruelty

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According to The Humane Society , around 18% of all reported instances of animal abuse involve cats. Not only do these poor cats suffer physical damage at the hands of their owners, but often they end up emotionally scarred as well. What is it about cats and the internet?

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Roger Scruton on the Duty to Eat Meat

Animal Ethics

Piety is the remedy for religious guilt, and to this emotion we are all witting or unwitting heirs. A great number of animals owe their lives to our intention to eat them.

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Odd Friendships

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National Geographic Channel’s upcoming show, Unlikely Animal Friends, will bring you stories about Christian the Lion and his humans, a baby hippo and a giant tortoise, a lioness and a baby oryx, an orangutan and a hound dog and more!

You and Your Pets Can Stress Less This Holiday Season!

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The end of the year can be emotional for people who remember and miss departed loved ones. If you travel with our without them during this time of the year, change and stress are commonplace for humans and their companions. They have a natural ability to sense their humans. You and Your Pets Can Stress Less This Holiday Season! By Faye Pietrokowsky, owner of Inner Design-Applying Intuition. www.inner-deisgn.net. email.

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Is Medical Research on Animals REALLY the Only Way?

Critter News

The article discusses how scientists are infecting monkeys with a surrogate HIV virus that does not even lead to AIDS, begging the question of why infect them in first place if there's no real simulation of what happens in humans? Many people feel very uncomfortable with animal testing, even scientists I think, which is why they often get so emotional and defensive about their research.

82-foot-long “Rescue Rig” on Way to Missouri

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Following the devastating tornado that ravaged Joplin, Missouri, American Humane Association has mobilized its famed Red Star Animal Emergency Services™ team to help the animal victims there. American Humane Association is deploying in Joplin in partnership with the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) at the request of the Jasper County Emergency Management Agency. Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association.

Reiki for Animals by Tim Link

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Reiki (pronounced ray-key) energy healing is a gentle, painless, yet powerful modality that works on all living things – human and animal. Animals in particular are receptive to Reiki, because they have a higher energy frequency running through their bodies than humans do. Reiki helps balance animals physically, mentally and emotionally. Humans have seven main chakras.

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Why I Question Animal Testing 2.2

Critter News

From what I recall, chimpanzees share at least 95 percent of human DNA, although the number that floats around the most is 98.6 If chimpanzees have consciousness, if they are capable of abstractions, do they not have what until now has been described as "human rights"? Like other mammals, they are capable of strong emotions. For all we know, occasional viable crosses between humans and chimpanzees are possible.*

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Pet Foster Care Helps To Smooth Adoption Process

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Fortunately, pet foster parents offer a solution to this issue by allowing pets the time to adjust to a home life with human companions before they find their forever home.

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Rescue for the rescuer.

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Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, Emotional Exhaustion these are all familiar topics to those of us who spend our time helping animals. They shared with me that they have the ability to sense our emotions and feelings. As an Animal Communicator, Cherie has made it her mission to give all animals a voice, deepen the human animal relationship and help raise the compassion level for all living things.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Recent investigations by nonprofit groups in California, Ohio and Pennsylvania have revealed the atrocious living conditions of egg-laying hens, though their owners said they were humanely cared for. While well intended, Proposition 2 is primarily based on emotion and not on a thorough scientific evaluation of all factors that contribute to animal well-being. To the Editor: Re “ Standing, Stretching, Turning Around ” (editorial, Oct.

Animal Companions

Animal Ethics

The world of animals is a world without judgment, where embarrassment, remorse, guilt, and penitence are unknown, and where human beings can escape from the burden of moral emotions. By focusing our human attitudes on animals, we are playing at God, standing always apart from and above our victims, smiling down on their innocent ways, removed from the possibility of judgment ourselves, and, in our exaltation, imagining that we confer the greatest benefit on those whom we patronize.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

We can treasure the cultural and historical bond between animals and domesticated animals only by ignoring the emotional bond. There is no happy ending for even the most humanely raised animal. If domesticated animals “exist only because of the uses we have found for them,” let me ask you: Would you have recommended 150 years ago that we preserve and treasure the bond between whites and their black slaves—and develop a more humane slave trade?

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

As a recent convert to vegetarianism, I found that it reinforced my feeling that the eating of living, thinking, emotional creatures is just plain wrong. We pay lip service to more humane treatment of the animals that we eat, but how many of us look beyond the label on the package of chicken cutlets? Mr. Kristof is attuned to issues of human suffering and injustice. To the Editor: Re “ A Farm Boy Reflects ” (column, July 31): Hats off to Nicholas D.

Tails of Aloha

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We send Animal Therapy teams to hospitals, nursing homes, Hospices and even private homes for Animal assisted Therapy (where we have animals go to individuals or groups) or Animal Assisted Activities (Where we have an animal involved with the actual therapy of an individual that is observed and documented by a Health/Human service professional.) But the truth is I was scared that emotionally it would throw me into a deep heart break.

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The One Animal Product You Should Feed Your Children

Animal Ethics

That animal product is human breast milk. Human breast milk is a near perfect food for human newborns and infants. 105-6) Dr. Spock is not alone in his endorsement of breast-feeding human infants. All the child's nutritional needs through the first six months can be met through the miraculous infant food that is human mother's breast milk. There simply is no dispute in the medical community that human breast milk is the best food a human infant can be fed.

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Make This the Year You Do Right by Animals

Animal Ethics

i) Do attend socially conscious circuses like Cirque de Soleil that exclusively feature human performers. (j) j) Donate only to Humane Charities that don't test on animals. A list of Humane Charities is available here. When looking for ways to better ourselves in the New Year, we should look for ways to better ourselves physically, emotionally, and ethically. Wishing you a Happy Healthy Humane New Year

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